The British car company Aston Martin made the announcement, as the Monterey car week kicked off in California, that they would be designing homes around your specific car.
Aptly named the Galleries and Lairs service. They could design a secret lair for your Q by Aston Martin so you too could feel like James Bond. If you have an older model Aston Martin you can showcase it in a Gallery, a luxury home or retreat where your car takes center stage. Whatever your style of car, home or personality Aston Martin will work with the top architects in your area to create the perfect home for your dream car.
For most car enthusiasts who have invested in an Aston Martin having space specially dedicated to showcasing their vehicle to the best of its capability is an added bonus. To create a space that excites you as much as your car. You can have an entertainment area so you can sit and enjoy one of your prized possessions while entertaining your family and friends. So much better than having it parked in a garage where you or your visitors are unlikely to go and admire your dream vehicle for any serious length of time.
The company has worked with the Austrian architecture agency Obermosser to design a mostly subterranean lair that as well as housing a collection of high-end vehicles can also be used as a residential and entertainment venue.
Many of the areas created to showcase the vehicles feature a distinct aquatic theme. Ranging from above ground areas with water features on the roof to one car being placed in the middle of a circular fish tank. Now that is a very old school, James Bond.
The firm’s Partnership Director, Sebastian Delmaire commented, “ That the clients with older cars can have their Luxo-garage designed to tastefully ‘fit the era’ in which the vehicle was built.”
Aston Martin’s Design Director, Marek Reichman added, “For the car enthusiast, the garage is as important as the rest of the house and a bespoke auto gallery designed by Aston Martin that either focuses on showing off the car or is part of a larger, integrated entertainment space with simulators and such like takes the Aston Martin ownership to the next level.”
It isn’t the first time that the company has worked on architecture projects. Its design team has helped shape the look of Aston Martin dealership interiors, culminating in the ‘House of Aston Martin’ brand center in Tokyo, Japan.
The launch of the bespoke garage design comes shortly after construction began on an ‘Aston Martin Residencies’ luxury apartment complex in Miami. However, the firm will not be designing every aspect of the new building, the design of the sail-shaped tower will be a collaborative effort between two companies with prior experience designing high-end residential buildings. One being the Miami based firm Revuetta Architecture and the other the Argentinian architecture agency Bodas Man Angerh.
Owning one of the apartments in the high-end rise comes with a premium price tag. Aston Martin says that even the most affordable 700 sq ft rooms will set buyers back approximately $750,000 (£614,000). That is almost the equivalent to four brand new Aston Martin Vantage sports cars.
The structures flagship property is the 19,000sq ft penthouse which takes up the top three floors of the building and it is on the market for $50m (39.9).
According to The Times, the penthouse does come with a complimentary extra, an Aston Martin Vulcan track-only supercar, complete with membership to a driving club for when the owner wishes to take the 800bhp speed machine for a spin.
The $2.3m (1.8m) Vulcan features a 7.0 liter naturally aspirated V12 engine producing more than 800bhp. It was introduced in 2015 and only 24 cars were built, 23 of which are already owned.
Once it’s completed the seafront skyscraper is said to become the tallest residential structure in the city, and the second tallest building in the country, the Panorama Tower being the first. The residents will have to be patient as the building isn’t scheduled to be completed until 2022. That’s going to be quite a wait for the keys, who knows how many more cars they will have added to their collections by then, here’s hoping that they have been forward-thinking in their personal design plans if they are thinking of expanding their collection in the future.